Simonetta Vespucci: Botticelli's muse


Now that also the second season of the tv show Medici is over, we are left wondering about the real story of Simonetta Cattaneo Vespucci, the noblewoman considered to have been the muse of Sandro Botticelli. In the episodes of the tv series we see how Simonetta and Giuliano de...

The Tuscan “pane sciocco”


We can all agree that Italian bread is what dreams are made of; for us a good meal is not the same without it. But did you know that Tuscan bread is very different from the other Italian breads? Alas, for once, we’re missing something the rest of Italy isn’t:...

November is the cruelest month: the flood of 1966


The strong winds and rainstorms that have been hitting Italy these last few weeks are pretty scary to us, since we are not used to such extreme weather conditions, and as a result we are not prepared to face them. There have been grave damages to the cities all over...

The ghost of Baldaccio d'Anghiari


Every city has its own ghosts, and Florence certainly could not be the exception. There are stories about sightings of spirits in the Tuscan capital, like the one of Palazzo Budini-Gattai or Ginevra degli Almieri. But the story we want to tell you today is about one of the most...

Bansky in Florence


We don't know much about the real identity of the artist whose exibition inaugurated yesterday at Palazzo Medici Riccardi, except that he started his activity as a street artist in Bristol around 1990 and he goes under the name of Bansky. Rings a bell? Someone has speculated he is actually...

Ospedale degli Innocenti


In Piazza Santissima Annunziata, the atmosphere is almost always very quiet, tourists tend to stay away from this part of the historic center, preferring the area of the nearby Academy of Fine Arts or the Duomo. It is precisely the scarce presence of people that gives this wide Florentine square...

The troubled past of Ponte Vecchio


Not much is known about the origin one of the most famous in Italy and oldest bridge in Florence: Ponte Vecchio (“Old Bridge”). It was rebuilt several times during its long history, but we don’t know exactly when it was built, only that the Romans at some point decided to...

Recipes of the tradition: Schiacciata con l'uva


Tuscany is beautiful this time of the year, the summer heat has finally been replaced by cool, mostly sunny days; the leaves slowly start to change color; the city is not so busy anymore and the warm, hearthy dishes tipycal of Tuscan cousine are back on the tables. Furthermore, the...

The Cleaner - Marina Abramovic at Palazzo Strozzi


The highly anticipated Marina Abramovic – The Cleaner exhibition inauguarted today at Palazzo Strozzi and will be open to visitors until January 20th. There are several reasons because this is an event that you should not miss. For starters, it is not only the first big retrospective dedicated to Marina...

Recipes of the tradition: Torta della Nonna


We must admit that Tuscan cuisine is not renowned for its desserts, but the few that are part of the tradition are really special and delicious. One of them is the famous Torta della Nonna (Grandma’s Cake), everpresent on the tables of the Florentines. With a name such as this...

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